Raymond "Ray" Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a "genetic light bomb". The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice – he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.
Barry, Cisco, Oliver and Curtis recruit Ray as a crime-fighter. He is thrown into the thick of things when Mari McCabe (a.k.a. Vixen) seeks their assistance in defeating a giant robot attacking Detroit.
Ray proves instrumental in defeating the giant robot. Oliver offers to train him. After he returns home, his house is attacked by Overgirl, who steals the Red Tornado's cerebral cortex from him.
After being attacked by Overgirl, Ray tells his parents that he has to go away for a while. He comes out to them and they are accepting of his sexuality. Ray has Cisco send him to Earth-X.
On Earth-X, Ray contacts the Resistance in the ruined New York City. Phantom Lady and Black Condor mistake him for his counterpart from their Earth. Ray offers to help them fight the New Reichsmen and retake the cortex from Overgirl.
Ray, Cisco, Phantom Lady, Black Condor and the Resistance are faced with an attack by Overgirl, Black Arrow, Blitzkrieg and the New Reichsmen.